THE SPARKY REPORT #28

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PERFECTING THE ART OF THE HEAD TILT

In the abvove photo, Sparky looks mature and even a little bit bored. It's a ruse. Beneath that gleaming coat and polished exterior lies the heart of a Master Manipulator. Have you ever seen a puppy cock his head one way, then the other, when you talk to him? Well, Miss Sparky Tabasco has been taking lessons on the art of head tilting from Shona, one of my dogs. Shona is a Boxer, so in typical Boxer fashion, she turns herself inside out with joy if you so much as glance her way, and if you should deign to talk to her, she goes into an ecstacy of head tilts. Sparky's been taking notes.

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So how do you think Sparky is doing in the head tilt department? I think she's got it down pat. But it's possible her eyesight may be to blame. Or not. Hard to tell. But I do wonder if Sparky's crossed eyes may contribute to her head tilting, like maybe she's trying to focus. Regardless, it's just one more trait that makes Sparky one of the most entertaining cats I've ever had the fortune to own.

70 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #28”

  1. Sparky has to be one of the most photogenic cats ever! And she has definitely mastered the art of the head tilt. Who could resist that face?
    Miss Rebecca Marie hasn’t learned the head tilt, but she has mastered the “stand up on her hind legs and beg to be picked up” trick. She learned it from her chihuahua and miniature dachshund brothers.

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  2. Sparky has to be one of the most photogenic cats ever! And she has definitely mastered the art of the head tilt. Who could resist that face?
    Miss Rebecca Marie hasn’t learned the head tilt, but she has mastered the “stand up on her hind legs and beg to be picked up” trick. She learned it from her chihuahua and miniature dachshund brothers.

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  3. Sparky has to be one of the most photogenic cats ever! And she has definitely mastered the art of the head tilt. Who could resist that face?
    Miss Rebecca Marie hasn’t learned the head tilt, but she has mastered the “stand up on her hind legs and beg to be picked up” trick. She learned it from her chihuahua and miniature dachshund brothers.

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  4. Sparky has to be one of the most photogenic cats ever! And she has definitely mastered the art of the head tilt. Who could resist that face?
    Miss Rebecca Marie hasn’t learned the head tilt, but she has mastered the “stand up on her hind legs and beg to be picked up” trick. She learned it from her chihuahua and miniature dachshund brothers.

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  5. Sparky has to be one of the most photogenic cats ever! And she has definitely mastered the art of the head tilt. Who could resist that face?
    Miss Rebecca Marie hasn’t learned the head tilt, but she has mastered the “stand up on her hind legs and beg to be picked up” trick. She learned it from her chihuahua and miniature dachshund brothers.

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  6. Louisa, I love that Miss Rebecca Marie has learned how to beg so that you’ll pick her up. My Christopher used to do that. And when I bent down to pick him up, he’d reach his arms up, just like a human child does when mom or dad picks him up.
    Miss Rebecca’s “brothers” are watching out for little sister, teaching her such useful and cute tricks. Seriously, though, it’s amazing what animals can pick up just from observation.

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  7. Louisa, I love that Miss Rebecca Marie has learned how to beg so that you’ll pick her up. My Christopher used to do that. And when I bent down to pick him up, he’d reach his arms up, just like a human child does when mom or dad picks him up.
    Miss Rebecca’s “brothers” are watching out for little sister, teaching her such useful and cute tricks. Seriously, though, it’s amazing what animals can pick up just from observation.

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  8. Louisa, I love that Miss Rebecca Marie has learned how to beg so that you’ll pick her up. My Christopher used to do that. And when I bent down to pick him up, he’d reach his arms up, just like a human child does when mom or dad picks him up.
    Miss Rebecca’s “brothers” are watching out for little sister, teaching her such useful and cute tricks. Seriously, though, it’s amazing what animals can pick up just from observation.

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  9. Louisa, I love that Miss Rebecca Marie has learned how to beg so that you’ll pick her up. My Christopher used to do that. And when I bent down to pick him up, he’d reach his arms up, just like a human child does when mom or dad picks him up.
    Miss Rebecca’s “brothers” are watching out for little sister, teaching her such useful and cute tricks. Seriously, though, it’s amazing what animals can pick up just from observation.

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  10. Louisa, I love that Miss Rebecca Marie has learned how to beg so that you’ll pick her up. My Christopher used to do that. And when I bent down to pick him up, he’d reach his arms up, just like a human child does when mom or dad picks him up.
    Miss Rebecca’s “brothers” are watching out for little sister, teaching her such useful and cute tricks. Seriously, though, it’s amazing what animals can pick up just from observation.

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  11. Louisa, I meant to add the following YouTube link showing an adorable cat who loves being tossed onto his owner’s bed. The owner obliges by gently tossing the cat through the air, and once the cat lands on the bed, he streaks over to his owner and practically leaps into his arms for another toss. It’s one of my favorite videos, and Miss Rebecca Marie would probably enjoy watching another cat that begs to be picked up! *g*

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  12. Louisa, I meant to add the following YouTube link showing an adorable cat who loves being tossed onto his owner’s bed. The owner obliges by gently tossing the cat through the air, and once the cat lands on the bed, he streaks over to his owner and practically leaps into his arms for another toss. It’s one of my favorite videos, and Miss Rebecca Marie would probably enjoy watching another cat that begs to be picked up! *g*

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  13. Louisa, I meant to add the following YouTube link showing an adorable cat who loves being tossed onto his owner’s bed. The owner obliges by gently tossing the cat through the air, and once the cat lands on the bed, he streaks over to his owner and practically leaps into his arms for another toss. It’s one of my favorite videos, and Miss Rebecca Marie would probably enjoy watching another cat that begs to be picked up! *g*

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  14. Louisa, I meant to add the following YouTube link showing an adorable cat who loves being tossed onto his owner’s bed. The owner obliges by gently tossing the cat through the air, and once the cat lands on the bed, he streaks over to his owner and practically leaps into his arms for another toss. It’s one of my favorite videos, and Miss Rebecca Marie would probably enjoy watching another cat that begs to be picked up! *g*

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  15. Louisa, I meant to add the following YouTube link showing an adorable cat who loves being tossed onto his owner’s bed. The owner obliges by gently tossing the cat through the air, and once the cat lands on the bed, he streaks over to his owner and practically leaps into his arms for another toss. It’s one of my favorite videos, and Miss Rebecca Marie would probably enjoy watching another cat that begs to be picked up! *g*

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  16. I hadn’t noticed Sparky’s two blond toes before. That definitely widens her expression repertoire! Besides the head tilt that can communicate so many different emotions. I don’t know of another cat with such expressive feet, showing two unique characteristics. Now I understand your comment in last report about her flashing a blond digit from atop the printer. Meoword!

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  17. I hadn’t noticed Sparky’s two blond toes before. That definitely widens her expression repertoire! Besides the head tilt that can communicate so many different emotions. I don’t know of another cat with such expressive feet, showing two unique characteristics. Now I understand your comment in last report about her flashing a blond digit from atop the printer. Meoword!

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  18. I hadn’t noticed Sparky’s two blond toes before. That definitely widens her expression repertoire! Besides the head tilt that can communicate so many different emotions. I don’t know of another cat with such expressive feet, showing two unique characteristics. Now I understand your comment in last report about her flashing a blond digit from atop the printer. Meoword!

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  19. I hadn’t noticed Sparky’s two blond toes before. That definitely widens her expression repertoire! Besides the head tilt that can communicate so many different emotions. I don’t know of another cat with such expressive feet, showing two unique characteristics. Now I understand your comment in last report about her flashing a blond digit from atop the printer. Meoword!

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  20. I hadn’t noticed Sparky’s two blond toes before. That definitely widens her expression repertoire! Besides the head tilt that can communicate so many different emotions. I don’t know of another cat with such expressive feet, showing two unique characteristics. Now I understand your comment in last report about her flashing a blond digit from atop the printer. Meoword!

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  21. MaeLou, yes, Sparky has two white/blonde toes, but it’s her right toe that is so prominent. The entire toe is perfectly defined by the lighter fur. The toe on the other foot sometimes doesn’t show up in pictures very well, because it’s not on top of the toe, but on the tip, in front. So, depending on the angle of the picture, and the position of the foot, you sometimes can’t see it.
    Her thumbs present the same problem. Depending on what she’s doing with her front feet, the thumbs can be very obvious and prominent, or if she’s at rest and the toes are tucked together, the thumbs look like no more than a bump.
    Regardless, I love that you feel Sparky’s toes are “expressive.” *g* That is such a clever observation, and you’re right, because those thumbs have definitely made for some amusing pictures!

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  22. MaeLou, yes, Sparky has two white/blonde toes, but it’s her right toe that is so prominent. The entire toe is perfectly defined by the lighter fur. The toe on the other foot sometimes doesn’t show up in pictures very well, because it’s not on top of the toe, but on the tip, in front. So, depending on the angle of the picture, and the position of the foot, you sometimes can’t see it.
    Her thumbs present the same problem. Depending on what she’s doing with her front feet, the thumbs can be very obvious and prominent, or if she’s at rest and the toes are tucked together, the thumbs look like no more than a bump.
    Regardless, I love that you feel Sparky’s toes are “expressive.” *g* That is such a clever observation, and you’re right, because those thumbs have definitely made for some amusing pictures!

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  23. MaeLou, yes, Sparky has two white/blonde toes, but it’s her right toe that is so prominent. The entire toe is perfectly defined by the lighter fur. The toe on the other foot sometimes doesn’t show up in pictures very well, because it’s not on top of the toe, but on the tip, in front. So, depending on the angle of the picture, and the position of the foot, you sometimes can’t see it.
    Her thumbs present the same problem. Depending on what she’s doing with her front feet, the thumbs can be very obvious and prominent, or if she’s at rest and the toes are tucked together, the thumbs look like no more than a bump.
    Regardless, I love that you feel Sparky’s toes are “expressive.” *g* That is such a clever observation, and you’re right, because those thumbs have definitely made for some amusing pictures!

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  24. MaeLou, yes, Sparky has two white/blonde toes, but it’s her right toe that is so prominent. The entire toe is perfectly defined by the lighter fur. The toe on the other foot sometimes doesn’t show up in pictures very well, because it’s not on top of the toe, but on the tip, in front. So, depending on the angle of the picture, and the position of the foot, you sometimes can’t see it.
    Her thumbs present the same problem. Depending on what she’s doing with her front feet, the thumbs can be very obvious and prominent, or if she’s at rest and the toes are tucked together, the thumbs look like no more than a bump.
    Regardless, I love that you feel Sparky’s toes are “expressive.” *g* That is such a clever observation, and you’re right, because those thumbs have definitely made for some amusing pictures!

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  25. MaeLou, yes, Sparky has two white/blonde toes, but it’s her right toe that is so prominent. The entire toe is perfectly defined by the lighter fur. The toe on the other foot sometimes doesn’t show up in pictures very well, because it’s not on top of the toe, but on the tip, in front. So, depending on the angle of the picture, and the position of the foot, you sometimes can’t see it.
    Her thumbs present the same problem. Depending on what she’s doing with her front feet, the thumbs can be very obvious and prominent, or if she’s at rest and the toes are tucked together, the thumbs look like no more than a bump.
    Regardless, I love that you feel Sparky’s toes are “expressive.” *g* That is such a clever observation, and you’re right, because those thumbs have definitely made for some amusing pictures!

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  26. The art of perfecting the ultimate head tilt is the #1 weapon in a cat’s arsenal of Weapons of Mass Seduction. Combined, of course, with a faint air of ennui. Sparky graduates with flying colours!

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  27. The art of perfecting the ultimate head tilt is the #1 weapon in a cat’s arsenal of Weapons of Mass Seduction. Combined, of course, with a faint air of ennui. Sparky graduates with flying colours!

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  28. The art of perfecting the ultimate head tilt is the #1 weapon in a cat’s arsenal of Weapons of Mass Seduction. Combined, of course, with a faint air of ennui. Sparky graduates with flying colours!

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  29. The art of perfecting the ultimate head tilt is the #1 weapon in a cat’s arsenal of Weapons of Mass Seduction. Combined, of course, with a faint air of ennui. Sparky graduates with flying colours!

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  30. The art of perfecting the ultimate head tilt is the #1 weapon in a cat’s arsenal of Weapons of Mass Seduction. Combined, of course, with a faint air of ennui. Sparky graduates with flying colours!

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  31. Hi, Fiona! You always have such clever terms! I love Weapons of Mass Seduction! Too cute! Yes, Sparky definitely has ennui down pat. She knows how to put on airs and a look of staggering boredom.
    But not lately, mind you. She’s been very busy directing her human slave (that would be me) as I completely revamp her room. My intention was to move a ton of stuffed Bankers Boxes into the room for temporary storage while my ongoing renovation continues to disrupt the household. Sparky, however, thinks all those boxes and so forth are there for the express purpose of providing her with a new playground. So while the carpenter breathes down my neck, asking if I’ve gotten all those boxes moved so that he can continue working, I’m busy taking pictures of Sparky playing Bwana, the Great White Hunter as she clambers over her Jungle Gym of boxes.
    Which, by the way, is the reason why Sparky has been a little late in getting back to you regarding her interview. But never fear, neither she nor I have forgotten you, and once the carpenter takes a break (soon now, as the money is running out!) we’ll send you the interview questionnaire and some more pictures! And of course, we’ll let Sparky’s fans know when you publish the interview! (And Sparky tells me to say hi to Champ for her!)

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  32. Hi, Fiona! You always have such clever terms! I love Weapons of Mass Seduction! Too cute! Yes, Sparky definitely has ennui down pat. She knows how to put on airs and a look of staggering boredom.
    But not lately, mind you. She’s been very busy directing her human slave (that would be me) as I completely revamp her room. My intention was to move a ton of stuffed Bankers Boxes into the room for temporary storage while my ongoing renovation continues to disrupt the household. Sparky, however, thinks all those boxes and so forth are there for the express purpose of providing her with a new playground. So while the carpenter breathes down my neck, asking if I’ve gotten all those boxes moved so that he can continue working, I’m busy taking pictures of Sparky playing Bwana, the Great White Hunter as she clambers over her Jungle Gym of boxes.
    Which, by the way, is the reason why Sparky has been a little late in getting back to you regarding her interview. But never fear, neither she nor I have forgotten you, and once the carpenter takes a break (soon now, as the money is running out!) we’ll send you the interview questionnaire and some more pictures! And of course, we’ll let Sparky’s fans know when you publish the interview! (And Sparky tells me to say hi to Champ for her!)

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  33. Hi, Fiona! You always have such clever terms! I love Weapons of Mass Seduction! Too cute! Yes, Sparky definitely has ennui down pat. She knows how to put on airs and a look of staggering boredom.
    But not lately, mind you. She’s been very busy directing her human slave (that would be me) as I completely revamp her room. My intention was to move a ton of stuffed Bankers Boxes into the room for temporary storage while my ongoing renovation continues to disrupt the household. Sparky, however, thinks all those boxes and so forth are there for the express purpose of providing her with a new playground. So while the carpenter breathes down my neck, asking if I’ve gotten all those boxes moved so that he can continue working, I’m busy taking pictures of Sparky playing Bwana, the Great White Hunter as she clambers over her Jungle Gym of boxes.
    Which, by the way, is the reason why Sparky has been a little late in getting back to you regarding her interview. But never fear, neither she nor I have forgotten you, and once the carpenter takes a break (soon now, as the money is running out!) we’ll send you the interview questionnaire and some more pictures! And of course, we’ll let Sparky’s fans know when you publish the interview! (And Sparky tells me to say hi to Champ for her!)

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  34. Hi, Fiona! You always have such clever terms! I love Weapons of Mass Seduction! Too cute! Yes, Sparky definitely has ennui down pat. She knows how to put on airs and a look of staggering boredom.
    But not lately, mind you. She’s been very busy directing her human slave (that would be me) as I completely revamp her room. My intention was to move a ton of stuffed Bankers Boxes into the room for temporary storage while my ongoing renovation continues to disrupt the household. Sparky, however, thinks all those boxes and so forth are there for the express purpose of providing her with a new playground. So while the carpenter breathes down my neck, asking if I’ve gotten all those boxes moved so that he can continue working, I’m busy taking pictures of Sparky playing Bwana, the Great White Hunter as she clambers over her Jungle Gym of boxes.
    Which, by the way, is the reason why Sparky has been a little late in getting back to you regarding her interview. But never fear, neither she nor I have forgotten you, and once the carpenter takes a break (soon now, as the money is running out!) we’ll send you the interview questionnaire and some more pictures! And of course, we’ll let Sparky’s fans know when you publish the interview! (And Sparky tells me to say hi to Champ for her!)

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  35. Hi, Fiona! You always have such clever terms! I love Weapons of Mass Seduction! Too cute! Yes, Sparky definitely has ennui down pat. She knows how to put on airs and a look of staggering boredom.
    But not lately, mind you. She’s been very busy directing her human slave (that would be me) as I completely revamp her room. My intention was to move a ton of stuffed Bankers Boxes into the room for temporary storage while my ongoing renovation continues to disrupt the household. Sparky, however, thinks all those boxes and so forth are there for the express purpose of providing her with a new playground. So while the carpenter breathes down my neck, asking if I’ve gotten all those boxes moved so that he can continue working, I’m busy taking pictures of Sparky playing Bwana, the Great White Hunter as she clambers over her Jungle Gym of boxes.
    Which, by the way, is the reason why Sparky has been a little late in getting back to you regarding her interview. But never fear, neither she nor I have forgotten you, and once the carpenter takes a break (soon now, as the money is running out!) we’ll send you the interview questionnaire and some more pictures! And of course, we’ll let Sparky’s fans know when you publish the interview! (And Sparky tells me to say hi to Champ for her!)

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  36. Sparky definitely has the head tilt off pat but the major question is – what is she planning behind those innocent eyes ? I never trust my spaniel puppy when he does the head tilt he is obviously just waiting his moment!!

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  37. Sparky definitely has the head tilt off pat but the major question is – what is she planning behind those innocent eyes ? I never trust my spaniel puppy when he does the head tilt he is obviously just waiting his moment!!

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  38. Sparky definitely has the head tilt off pat but the major question is – what is she planning behind those innocent eyes ? I never trust my spaniel puppy when he does the head tilt he is obviously just waiting his moment!!

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  39. Sparky definitely has the head tilt off pat but the major question is – what is she planning behind those innocent eyes ? I never trust my spaniel puppy when he does the head tilt he is obviously just waiting his moment!!

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  40. Sparky definitely has the head tilt off pat but the major question is – what is she planning behind those innocent eyes ? I never trust my spaniel puppy when he does the head tilt he is obviously just waiting his moment!!

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  41. Oh, she looks so grown up in that first picture! How quickly they turn from little kitties to adults. 🙁 She is adorable though.

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  42. Oh, she looks so grown up in that first picture! How quickly they turn from little kitties to adults. 🙁 She is adorable though.

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  43. Oh, she looks so grown up in that first picture! How quickly they turn from little kitties to adults. 🙁 She is adorable though.

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  44. Oh, she looks so grown up in that first picture! How quickly they turn from little kitties to adults. 🙁 She is adorable though.

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  45. Oh, she looks so grown up in that first picture! How quickly they turn from little kitties to adults. 🙁 She is adorable though.

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  46. Jo, you apparently know Sparky very well! Yes, that adorable head tilt and those innocent eyes hide a scheming mind. I’ve never had a cat that can get into so much trouble in a 24-hour period!
    Being an only child hasn’t slowed her down. While there may be no other cats in the house, the big dogs make excellent substitutes.

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  47. Jo, you apparently know Sparky very well! Yes, that adorable head tilt and those innocent eyes hide a scheming mind. I’ve never had a cat that can get into so much trouble in a 24-hour period!
    Being an only child hasn’t slowed her down. While there may be no other cats in the house, the big dogs make excellent substitutes.

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  48. Jo, you apparently know Sparky very well! Yes, that adorable head tilt and those innocent eyes hide a scheming mind. I’ve never had a cat that can get into so much trouble in a 24-hour period!
    Being an only child hasn’t slowed her down. While there may be no other cats in the house, the big dogs make excellent substitutes.

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  49. Jo, you apparently know Sparky very well! Yes, that adorable head tilt and those innocent eyes hide a scheming mind. I’ve never had a cat that can get into so much trouble in a 24-hour period!
    Being an only child hasn’t slowed her down. While there may be no other cats in the house, the big dogs make excellent substitutes.

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  50. Jo, you apparently know Sparky very well! Yes, that adorable head tilt and those innocent eyes hide a scheming mind. I’ve never had a cat that can get into so much trouble in a 24-hour period!
    Being an only child hasn’t slowed her down. While there may be no other cats in the house, the big dogs make excellent substitutes.

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  51. Theo, I’m always a little sad when the rounded kitten features give way to the svelt adult look. And then there’s that in-between stage where they *look* like adults, but they are still very much the kitten. That’s the stage Sparky’s in right now. All day today, she’s been pouncing on me, doing drive-by slappings. It’s quite funny, because she never uses her claws for those drive-bys and even her slaps are feather soft.
    She has a wooden stool in the kitchen that is solely hers, so that she can watch what I’m doing while I putter around. Today she tried to pat me as I walked by on the way to the fridge, and she extended her reach so far that instead of patting me, she fell off the stool. Zoom! All that clatter started her, and she raced out of the kitchen, down the hall, made a U-turn, thundered back into the kitchen, and jumped back onto her stool. But she was going too fast when she hit the stool, so it toppled with her, and she was off again. Down the hall, U-turn, back into the kitchen, went straight up in the air about 4 feet, back down the hall . . .
    And so it goes. Never a dull moment!

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  52. Theo, I’m always a little sad when the rounded kitten features give way to the svelt adult look. And then there’s that in-between stage where they *look* like adults, but they are still very much the kitten. That’s the stage Sparky’s in right now. All day today, she’s been pouncing on me, doing drive-by slappings. It’s quite funny, because she never uses her claws for those drive-bys and even her slaps are feather soft.
    She has a wooden stool in the kitchen that is solely hers, so that she can watch what I’m doing while I putter around. Today she tried to pat me as I walked by on the way to the fridge, and she extended her reach so far that instead of patting me, she fell off the stool. Zoom! All that clatter started her, and she raced out of the kitchen, down the hall, made a U-turn, thundered back into the kitchen, and jumped back onto her stool. But she was going too fast when she hit the stool, so it toppled with her, and she was off again. Down the hall, U-turn, back into the kitchen, went straight up in the air about 4 feet, back down the hall . . .
    And so it goes. Never a dull moment!

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  53. Theo, I’m always a little sad when the rounded kitten features give way to the svelt adult look. And then there’s that in-between stage where they *look* like adults, but they are still very much the kitten. That’s the stage Sparky’s in right now. All day today, she’s been pouncing on me, doing drive-by slappings. It’s quite funny, because she never uses her claws for those drive-bys and even her slaps are feather soft.
    She has a wooden stool in the kitchen that is solely hers, so that she can watch what I’m doing while I putter around. Today she tried to pat me as I walked by on the way to the fridge, and she extended her reach so far that instead of patting me, she fell off the stool. Zoom! All that clatter started her, and she raced out of the kitchen, down the hall, made a U-turn, thundered back into the kitchen, and jumped back onto her stool. But she was going too fast when she hit the stool, so it toppled with her, and she was off again. Down the hall, U-turn, back into the kitchen, went straight up in the air about 4 feet, back down the hall . . .
    And so it goes. Never a dull moment!

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  54. Theo, I’m always a little sad when the rounded kitten features give way to the svelt adult look. And then there’s that in-between stage where they *look* like adults, but they are still very much the kitten. That’s the stage Sparky’s in right now. All day today, she’s been pouncing on me, doing drive-by slappings. It’s quite funny, because she never uses her claws for those drive-bys and even her slaps are feather soft.
    She has a wooden stool in the kitchen that is solely hers, so that she can watch what I’m doing while I putter around. Today she tried to pat me as I walked by on the way to the fridge, and she extended her reach so far that instead of patting me, she fell off the stool. Zoom! All that clatter started her, and she raced out of the kitchen, down the hall, made a U-turn, thundered back into the kitchen, and jumped back onto her stool. But she was going too fast when she hit the stool, so it toppled with her, and she was off again. Down the hall, U-turn, back into the kitchen, went straight up in the air about 4 feet, back down the hall . . .
    And so it goes. Never a dull moment!

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  55. Theo, I’m always a little sad when the rounded kitten features give way to the svelt adult look. And then there’s that in-between stage where they *look* like adults, but they are still very much the kitten. That’s the stage Sparky’s in right now. All day today, she’s been pouncing on me, doing drive-by slappings. It’s quite funny, because she never uses her claws for those drive-bys and even her slaps are feather soft.
    She has a wooden stool in the kitchen that is solely hers, so that she can watch what I’m doing while I putter around. Today she tried to pat me as I walked by on the way to the fridge, and she extended her reach so far that instead of patting me, she fell off the stool. Zoom! All that clatter started her, and she raced out of the kitchen, down the hall, made a U-turn, thundered back into the kitchen, and jumped back onto her stool. But she was going too fast when she hit the stool, so it toppled with her, and she was off again. Down the hall, U-turn, back into the kitchen, went straight up in the air about 4 feet, back down the hall . . .
    And so it goes. Never a dull moment!

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